TOWN OF RIVER FALLS REGULAR BOARD MEETING
Monday, August 3, 2015; River Falls Town Hall
Elected officials and staff present: Diana G. Smith, Chair; John Galgowski, Siri Smith, Joe Mahoney, Supervisors; Ruth Stern, Clerk; Jerome Rodewald, Zoning Administrator
The meeting was called to order at 8:00 P.M. by Chair Diana G. Smith. Joe moved to approve the minutes of the July 20th regular board meeting. Siri seconded. Motion carried.
Rita Kozak submitted a written financial report. There is a money market balance of $340,367.51. Siri moved to approve the financial report. Joe seconded. Report approved.
Public Comments: Tom Platzer and Phyllis Thompson, N8064 925th St., were present and stated their support of the junked vehicle ordinance that the town is currently working on.
Communications: Parks Committee member, Brad LaBadie, will head the remaining volunteer parks clean-up day at Hillwood Park on Saturday, August 15th. Jerome reported that soil erosion rates are less in the South Kinnickinnic Watershed than other watersheds in Pierce County. This has been aided by the efforts of various watershed projects in the area over the past several years. Jerome reported that the Farmland Preservation Program will offer tax credits to town landowners that have approved soil/water conservation and nutrient management plans; and that are preserving their agricultural lands from development.
Plan Commission Recommendations: No recommendations at this time.
Report on Farmland Preservation Ordinance and Zoning Map: Jerome reported that he met with Pierce County Land Management Director, Andy Pichotta. Jerome stated that many of Mr. Pichotta’s recommendations could be easily incorporated into the Farmland Preservation Ordinance. Mr. Pichotta also requested that the town incorporate a process whereby landowners have the ability to submit site-specific certified soil tests. Attorney Loberg will be consulted to determine how the town should incorporate this and other clarifications to the ordinance which was originally brought forward to public hearing at the July 20th town board meeting. An additional joint public hearing of the Town Board, Land Use Ad Hoc Committee and Plan Commission will be held on Monday, August 31st at 6:30 P.M. at the Town Hall. This public hearing will address ordinance revisions and clarifications incorporated after the July 20th public hearing.
Junked Vehicle Ordinance: The board received information from Attorney Loberg regarding junked vehicle/nuisance ordinances. This will be taken up in greater detail at the September 8th board meeting.
Recycling Dept. Updates: Diana and Michele interviewed two potential candidates for the recycling assistant position.
Land Conservation Issues at W9905 710th Ave.: Diana is working with the Pierce County Land Conservation Dept. on this issue. No action taken at this time.
Polling Location Requirements: Siri moved that the board approve hiring Monarch Paving to pave two handicapped accessible parking spaces in front of the town hall at a cost of approximately $2400. John seconded. Motion carried. Other projects required to meet handicapped accessibility standards will include ordering required signage, coating the wheelchair ramp with a slip resistant surface, and reconfiguring the layout of voting booths inside of the town hall.
Dog Licensing Update/Citations: Joe moved that the board issue a citation to Donald Pechacek Jr. for failure to license dogs. Siri seconded. Motion carried.
Mount Zion Cemetery Update: Surveyor, Larry Murphy, has been working on staking the cemetery and plot boundaries.
Salvage Yard License Renewal at W9880 710th Ave.: John Nordahl will be asked to attend the next meeting to provide an update on progress in cleaning up his salvage yard located at this address.
Set Date of Open Book/Board of Review: The 2015 Open Book will be held on Thursday, September 17th from 12:00 -7:00 P.M. The 2015 Board of Review will be held on Wednesday, October 7th from 6:00-8:00 P.M.
Joe moved to approve payment of the August 3rd listing of bills. Siri seconded. Bills approved.
Joe moved to adjourn the meeting at 9:40 P. M. John seconded. Meeting adjourned.